’11 Heritage & ’62 Topps – All-Star Rookie Team

26 04 2011

Hall-of-Famer Billy Williams is the most notable player from the 1961 Topps ASR team.  He hit 25 HR with 86 RBI and took home Rookie of the Year honors over Joe Torre, who himself will likely be enshrined in Cooperstown in the near future.  Torre hit .278 with 10 HR as the Milwaukee Braves primary backstop. Don Schwall won the AL RoY by one vote over Dick Howser after going 15-7.  Howser had 171 hits and stole 37 bases. The only somewhat notable absence was Chuck Schilling, who had 167 hits at 2B for Boston.  But Jake Wood had similar numbers and hit for a bit more power while stealing 30 bases.

Howser’s card did not include the AS Rookie Cup.

  • LHP – Jack Curtis
  • RHP – Don Schwall
  • C – Joe Torre
  • 1B – J.C Martin
  • 2B – Jake Wood
  • 3B – Charlie Smith
  • SS – Dick Howser
  • OF – Billy Williams, Floyd Robinson, Lee Thomas

In 2011, Topps added an 11th player to the All-Star Rookie Team.  They added a 3rd pitcher – now the LHP/RHP is a starting pitcher, while there is a relief pitcher spot added.  Unfortunately, this was a blatant grab by Topps to get their poster boy Stephen Strasburg into the set.  Neftali Feliz was the Rookie of the Year in the American League, and clearly would have been the RHP selection.  On top of that – it would be hard to argue for Strasburg over Wade Davis of the Rays, who went 12-10 over 168 innings, many of which were against the vaunted AL East.

  • LHP – Jaime Garcia
  • RHP – Stephen Strasburg
  • RP – Neftali Feliz
  • C – Buster Posey
  • 1B – Gaby Sanchez
  • 2B – Neil Walker
  • 3B – Danny Valencia
  • SS – Starlin Castro
  • OF – Jason Heyward, Mike Stanton, Austin Jackson

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